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Baseball-Reaction to Bud Selig's retirement announcement

Reuters

Sept 26 (Reuters) - Bud Selig formally announced on Thursday his plans to retire as commissioner of Major League Baseball in January 2015 after a term of more than 22 years.

Following in a selection of reaction to Selig's decision:

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron: "When he retires, he will leave our game in a far better state than when he started."

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St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt: "Bud Selig's impact on baseball during his tenure as Commissioner has been nothing short of historic."

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U.S. Senator George Mitchell: "The Commissioner has brought Baseball to a leadership stature on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports and to an example that now stands out as worthy of emulation."

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Atlanta Braves chairman Terence McGuirk: "Under Bud Selig's watch, MLB has expanded its offerings to reach millions of fans through new forms of media."

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Hall of Famer Paul Molitor: "Commissioner Selig achieved his primary objective. The game is far better off now than what it was when he took over. It was not an easy task, given some of the issues that he needed to tackle and resolve, but he displayed leadership and earned the respect of players, owners and fans."

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Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf: "A social institution with a long and rich history like Baseball is often very resistant and slow to change, yet Commissioner Selig has introduced dramatic, sweeping innovations to improve the game like expanded playoffs, comprehensive drug testing and competitive balance."

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New York Mets chairman Fred Wilpon: "When the future of our game looked stagnant, Bud's reforms modernized the industry on and off the field - to the great benefit of the sport and its fans."

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Hall of Famer Robin Yount: "He helped the game overcome some enormous challenges. As a game and as an industry, Baseball has never been better than under Commissioner Selig's leadership." (Compiled by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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